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Third priest found dead in Mexico

September 26, 2016.Mexican priest, Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found dead this weekend on a rural road about 350 km east of Mexico City, after being allegedly abducted and assaulted in his parish on Monday September 19. This is the third case of violence against priests in Mexico in just one week. On Monday, September 19, Fr. Nabor Jiménez and Fr. José Alfredo Juarez were also kidnapped in the church of Our Lady of Fatima. Hours later they found them lifeless in a ditch in Poza Rica, Veracruz. The Catholic Church wants clarification on the murders, because it is not yet known who could be the alleged perpetrators.
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Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.
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Cardinal Parolin to preside at liturgy before peace signing between Colombia and FARC

September 20, 2016. Colombia's government has invited the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, to preside over a liturgy before the ceremony to unite representatives from the Colombian government and the FARC, in Cartagena de Indias. The liturgy will take place before the ceremony related to agreements of Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC. It will be next Monday, September 26, and dozens of heads of state are scheduled to attend. In the liturgy, Parolin will "ask God to enlighten each Colombian to work conscientiously and with complete freedom, so that in a responsible and informed way, they can participate in making decisions that concern the common good of the entire country, which is so dear to Pope Francis."
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Pope Francis pays tribute to Father Jacques Hamel

September 13, 2016. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for Jacques Hamel, the priest murdered in France by two terrorists on July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. It will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 a.m inside the chapel of his residence in Casa Santa Marta. The bishop from Diocese of Rouen along with 80 pilgrims from the same diocese will be present.
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Pope Francis' calendar from September to November

SEPTEMBER Sunday 25, 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Catechists. Friday 30 to Sunday 2 October: Apostolic trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan. OCTOBER Saturday 8: At 5.30 p.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Marian vigil. Sunday 9, 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Marian Jubilee. Sunday 16: 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.15 in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and canonisation of Blesseds Salomone Leclercq, José Sanchez del Rio, Manuel González García, Lodovico Pavoni, Alfonso Maria Fusco, José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, and Elisabeth of the Holy Trinity. Monday 31 to Tuesday 1 November: Apostolic trip to Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. NOVEMBER Friday 4: At 11.30 in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass for the souls of cardinals and bishops who died during the year. Sunday 6, 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Prisoners. Sunday 13, 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of the Homeless. Sunday 20, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: At 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass for the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.

The best Twitter accounts to follow the WYD

2016-07-09

Various social networks allow you to receive the latest infomation on all the events of the WYD in Krakow.

Pope Francis will be in Poland from July 27-31. Here are some useful Twitter accounts to keep track of everything.

The WYD website provides a comprenhensive source of information. It is offered in nine different languages, and the account keeps you informed of the news, anecdotes and alerts related to the WYD. The website is also linked to Instagram and Foursquare, where people share advice and comments on things to do and see in Poland.

The Pope's Twitter and Instagram accounts will also make daily updates with his remarks and his pictures throughout the visit. Pope Francis's Twitter account tweets in 9 different languages and it has around 30 million followers. That number typically goes up after his trips.

@ConElPapa was the official account for the Pope's trip to Mexico and it is one of the most active and original accounts if you want to receive the latest news on the Pope's activity.

The American bishops have also started their own account, World Youth Day USA (@WYDUSA) with special suggestions in Krakow, open to all pilgrims in their Mercy Center, where they will have catechesis, meetings, and lots of music.

Another noteworthy account is Net for God @NetForGod. They suggest videos and special content to prepare for the WYD, especially in English and French.

There are many other interesting accounts: @CurasOnline, whose daily tweets reach more than 50,000 followers, @BishopBarron, with his always innovative proposals, or @FOCUScatholic, that always suggests good resources to learn more about the faith.

Lastly, Rome Reports will offer a special coverage of all of Pope Francis's events. From his flight to Poland to the announcement of the next WYD. Aside from our Twitter and Facebook accounts, you may find daily overviews of the main events on YouTube.

The Pope will arrive in Poland on Wednesday, July 27th. During his five-day stay he will visit Auschwitz and the sanctuaries of Czestochowa and the Divine Mercy. He will also host important events with the youth, such as the Way of the Cross, the Vigil, and the Closing Mass.



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